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Dealing with Unpleasant Facts

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on November 16, 2007

Excellent leadership means having the courage to face facts on a regular basis and take appropriate action. As humans, we are all prone to simple avoidance—if not some level of denial. Newspaper headlines about leadership failures remind us every day that denial on a widespread basis can be highly corrosive. Facing facts means going toe-to-toe with tough and even frightening issues and tackling them in a timely manner. Addressing sticky issues may require us to turn to trusted advisors and ask them for help. Is there something you may be denying or avoiding now? By making it a practice to ask yourself that question regularly, you overcome the blind spots of denial, strengthening both your business and yourself as a small business owner.

David Peck
Leadership Unleashed
San Francisco

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